Pressure Gain Combustor

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: FA9300-19-P-1005
Agency Tracking Number: F182-064-0118
Amount: $149,998.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: AF182-064
Solicitation Number: 2018.2
Solicitation Year: 2018
Award Year: 2019
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2019-02-14
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2020-02-14
Small Business Information
112 Mitchell Blvd, Tullahoma, TN, 37388
DUNS: 144158677
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Eric Jacob
 (931) 455-7333
Business Contact
 Paul Gloyer
Phone: (931) 455-7333
Research Institution
Pressure-gain combustion systems such as an RDE allow for increased thermodynamic efficiency. In a gas-generator or staged combustion system, an RDE would allow for reduced pump size, and an increase in efficiency. For the past decade GTL has been developing novel propulsion modeling methods and hardware. In this effort, the application of an RDE along with a novel complimentary alternative will be modeled for use as a pre-combustor. The steadiness and uniformity of the flow entering the turbine is of particular importance in this modeling. In addition, the O/F ratios required for a pre-combustor present additional challenges. The two modeled pre-combustors will be compared to nominal deflagration methods. The phase I effort concludes with the design of an experiment for phase II testing and a preliminary design review (PDR). GTL is experienced in liquid-liquid, gas-liquid and gas-gas O2/CH4 testing. These experimental results will support AFRL's goal of evaluating the potential of pressure-gain and RDE methods.

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